Friday, 23 February 2018                

Croydon Open

Croydon Chess Club

presents the

2018 Croydon Open

(8th Feb-22nd Mar)

  • Format: 7 round Swiss over 7 Thursday evenings. There will be 2 sections: 

    Open - open to anyone.  ACF Classic rated.

    U800 - under 800 ACF or unrated. Internal Club rated.

  • Time control:     Open:  60min + 30s/move          U800: 30min + 30s/move
  • Round 1, 8th February: 7:35 - 7:50 pm sign in, round starts at 8:00 pm. All other rounds: 7:45 pm
  • Prizes:  Open section:1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $70. Rating (U1600) $70, Junior (U18) $70.     U800: 1st Chess Book
  • Entry fees:        Open:  $40 Adult, $30 Juniors and $20 Croydon CC members. GMs, IMs, FMs and WIMs free.     U800:    $10
  • Forfeit time: 30 min
  • Byes: Two half-point byes allowed in the first five rounds only
  • Arbiters: Ian Birchall & Kyle Gibson
  • Venue: Croydon Chess Club, Croydon RSL, 1 Civic Square, Croydon

 For further information, email the organiser:


What We Offer

Croydon Chess offers a fun and family-friendly environment suitable for chess players of all ages and skill levels.

We have a tiered coaching program for our junior players and coaching nights for our senior players.

We have regular tournaments for our Junior and Adult players ranging from fun events, such as Blitz (all moves in 5 minutes), through to more serious events such as the Croydon Open.

Croydon Chess is affiliated with Chess Victoria which, in turn, is an affiliate of the Australian Chess Federation.


Club Membership (2018 fees)
-- $70.00 / year for seniors
-- $50.00 / year for children
---- $30.00 / year for 2nd child
---- additional children free

Coaching Program for Juniors
-- 6:30pm to 7:30pm

    Youth (A division juniors) at Croydon RSL

    Juniors at Swinburne Croydon

    Please see here for more details

Senior Program
-- Start time: 7:30pm

ACF-rated Tournaments

-- 60min/30s time control
-- $10.00* / tournament (5 rounds)

-- $20.00* / tournament (7 rounds) with prizes

*members rates

Transition (U800) Tournaments

-- 30min/30s time control

-- $10 for 7 rounds (club rated)

-- $5 for 5 rounds (club rated)

Casual Play
-- $5.00 / visit (first time free)



Sponsors and Supporters

Croydon Chess wishes to thank the following organisations instrumental in helping develop our club:

Bendigo Bank

Bendigo Bank Mooroolbark

LJ Hooker Mooroolbark L J Hooker


Northern Star Chess

Northern Star Chess - home of the Northern Star Chess Study Cards

 Maroondah City Council
Maroondah City Council

Chess Victoria

Swinburne University

Latest News
Change to Croydon Open R3 pairings - 18 Feb

A change has been made to R3 pairings on boards 5 and 7 to accommodate a bye. Check here.

Summer Allegro - 18 Feb

The Youth Club commenced Rd1 of the Youth Summer Allegro last Thursday.

The Junior Club now has 2 Intermediate Divisions, so there are 2 Junior Summer Allegros - A & B.

2018 Croydon Open - 16 Feb

The Croydon Open is under way with 18 competitors in the open section and 12 in the U800.

R2 results and open section games from R1 & R2

Chess sparks a brilliant career

Australian of the Year and Quantum Physicist, Prof. Michelle Simmons, credits chess with inspiring her can do attitude.

2018 Committee & Roles
Congratulations and best wishes to our 2018 Committee members and organisers:


President:  Kyle Gibson

Vice-President: Mathew Cooke

Treasurer:  Pearl Yung

Secretary: Ian Birchall

General Members:  Richard Goldsmith, Cam Yung,

                                    Ion Kloprogge, Ken Minty

Organisational Roles:

Club Organiser: Ian Birchall

Junior Coaches:

       Ian Birchall, Kyle Gibson, Cam Yung, Richard Goldsmith

Senior Coach:  Guy West

Liaison Officer:  Richard Goldsmith

Website: Pearl Yung, Ian Birchall

Chess Library: Chris Potter

Australian Junior Championships 2018

14 of our juniors participated in the Oz Juniors in January, mostly in the younger age groups. Well done to all of them on their efforts against the strongest players in their age group in Australia. Two noteworthy results:

Gavyn Sanusi-Goh came 1st in the Under 12 blitz.

Tiger Zhao came 3rd in the Under 8 section.

Latest Club Results - 24th Nov, 2017


Senior Club Championship final results : 

  Open: 1st   IM Guy West  6/7

           =2nd   Ian Birchall, Garry Lycett, Chris Potter

           Top junior   Gavyn Sanusi-Goh & Chengyun Xu (U800)

           U1600   Jean Watson, Mathew Cooke, George Meilicke

          U1100   John Fleming


  U800:    =1st    Eric Zheng, Hayden Ma   5.5/7

              =3rd    Jayden Zhang, Felix Cheng

                   (in tiebreak order)


See all results and the Open games (R1-7)


Junior Christmas Cracker final results :

  A-div: 1st  Gavyn Sanusi-Goh  5/5

           =2nd  Chengyun Xu & Ursula Arthur

  B-div: 1st  Timothy Brown  4.5/5

           =2nd   Urban Fu, Chunting Li, Analia Luscombe


See Results.

End of Announcements
World Top 10 for more details and full list



Upcoming events

 Junior Club - Swinburne Croydon Campus

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

   Feb 29   Summer Allegro R3/5

   Mar  01   Summer Allegro R4/5


Youth Club - Croydon RSL  (A-div. Juniors)

 Thursdays 6:30-7:30 pm:

   Feb 29   Summer Allegro R3/5

   Mar  01   Summer Allegro R4/5



 Senior Club  - Croydon RSL

 Thursdays 7:30 pm -   

  Feb 29   Croydon Open R4/7

   Mar 01   Croydon Open R5/7

See the 2018 Calendar


Location - Senior & Youth Club
Location - Junior Club

Senior & Youth Club Meeting Place:

  Croydon RSL
  1 Civic Square
  Croydon VIC 3136

(Behind the EV Youth Centre

on Mt Dandenong Rd)

Google Map Link

Junior Club Meeting Place:

  Cafeteria (CF,CG)
  Swinburne University

  Croydon Campus

  Norton Rd

  Croydon VIC 3136

   See Campus Map


  Croydon Chess

  C/O Croydon RSL
  PO Box 75
  Croydon VIC 3136



0490 125 926




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Your Local Chess Club

Croydon Chess services the following areas:

Bayswater, Blackburn, Boronia, Box Hill, Chirnside Park, Croydon, Doncaster, Donvale, Ferntree Gully, Forest Hill, Glen Waverley, Healesville, Heathmont, Heatherdale, Kilsyth, Knox, Lilydale, Mitcham, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong, Mount Evelyn, Mount Waverley, Narre Warren, Nunawading, Park Orchards, Ringwood, Rowville, Scoresby, Seville, Silvan, Templestowe, Vermont, Wandin, Wantirna, Warburton, Warrandyte, Wheelers Hill, Wonga Park, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Valley (covering council areas of Knox, Manningham, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges).

We have also listed other Melbourne and Victorian clubs on our external links page.

Statement of Purpose

Croydon Chess exists to:

  • encourage the enjoyment of chess amongst residents of Croydon and surrounding suburbs
  • educate our community about the benefits of a lifetime of playing chess
  • train participants of all ages to become more technically proficient in their play
  • facilitate the running of structured (competitive) chess tournaments as well as informal (casual) play
  • provide a welcoming club environment that fosters development of productive, long-term relationships between our members

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